A finished letter lays beside a book and glasses

The poet, Ahunna Ejiogu, displays an imagery of a starving people begging for their rights to food.

The poem is the collective lamentation of Nigerians in the present APC dispensation where “Change” is promised for the betterment of the people but instead, the living condition is worsened; ranging from a failing economy to zero-functioning policies and the rigmarole of pushing the blame of non-performance to the clichéd Fight for Corruption Agenda of the APC government.

Poem is laced in cold satire, with no intentions of hurting any persona; but with the boldest intention of speaking the truth from an empty stomach! Excerpts:

LAMENTATIONS ‎OF MAY 29

Change Soup!

thou simmered at bay

aroused thirsty tongues

lured licking lips

nostrils sucking air

of a ghostly aroma

‎filling our lungs

in vain gourmandise

we raised our plates

for an empty scoop

from the Change pot

that cooks a soup

that burns the soul

 

‘be patient, be patient

thou ungrateful lot

we’ cooking delicacy

pudding of holiness

the soup won’t boil

be patient awhile’

the corruption spoon

is stirring out pebbles

from the Change pot

that cooks a soup

that burns the soul

 

‘but lord master

we are famished

from starvation of ’84

to present timing

our bellies fatten

from kwashiorkor

the rich gets poor

the poorer swallows

pebbles dished by

corruption spoon

‎stirring the Change pot

that cooks a soup

that burns the soul

‎’ye foolish lot

northside is lord

southside is slave

Napoleon is comrade

Napoleon is odyssey

in an animal kingdom

of cut-throat where

cattle are humans

humans are beef

in a Change pot

that cooks a soup

that burns the soul

 

‎oil won’t rig

forex won’t sell

petrol won’t pump

‎power won’t light

‎tomato won’t ‎puree

in a Change pot

that cooks a soup

that burns the soul

 

Ahunna Ejiogu©

29/05/16 PROLIFIC/SMPL

2 Response Comments

  • CharlesMay 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I’m in love with this poem. More grease to your ink.

    Reply
  • ThaliaAugust 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    This really answered my issue, thank you!

    Reply

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